UCL East: Marshgate

A collaborative campus that champions sustainability

The very latest edition to the UCL Campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is setting new standards for sustainable solutions.

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UCL East: Marshgate Project summary



Key partners

Sheppard Robson, Dornan Engineering Services Limited, AKT II, Stanton Williams

Services provided

Construction management




UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline

Start date

Project story

An environmentally responsible building facilitating world-leading research, Marshgate is part of the first phase of UCL East’s new campus.

Mace supported the client’s bold ambitions to deliver UCL East Marshgate as a ‘living lab’, centred around sustainability problem-solving and collaboration. 

Set to complete in early 2023, the eight-floor block will open its doors to businesses and the wider community, with a ‘fluid zone’ on the ground and first-floor levels to welcome and effortlessly guide the public through the building. 

UCL’s vibrant new campus located in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, will pay homage to London’s greatest cultural and creative neighbouring institutions. With 34,000sqm of space comprising ground-breaking learning facilities, it will be a hub of creativity that unites multidisciplinary research.

Mace was appointed on the project in 2018 and focused on promoting green outcomes and environmental consciousness. Through design, construction and on-site operation, the project team have supported clean energy by keeping running costs and energy consumption to a minimum, ensuring technologies on-site are economically viable while minimising health and safety risks. 

Functioning as a high-performing building, the development features key sustainable elements, from rainwater harvesting and underground cycle storage, to low energy LED lighting and highly efficient mechanical ventilation. The installation of heating and cooling technology will retain energy and optimise indoor air quality in a bid to support health and wellbeing. 

CGI of UCL East within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Project Stats

34,000sqm of academic and research space
17.3+ cubic metres of timber waste saved
1,200tonnes of carbon savings

Points of Note

Green light for green tech

Our joint carbon reduction plan with UCL is structured around five main objectives, including water, energy, waste, embodied carbon and business travel. As a result, the site is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Throughout the entire development of UCL East Marshgate, we have made it a key focus to consider the economic impact on the surrounding area, reducing noise and waste wherever possible and utilising Datascope to track mileage and carbon emissions from transport of all site deliveries. We installed clean tech and eliminated diesel generators on site, replacing them with electric and hybrid machinery.

Simultaneously driving forward our net zero carbon ambitions and health and safety initiative, we installed 6 solar powered tower lights and trialled 100% renewably powered electric hand tools, eliminating hazardous trailing cords on site and cutting Carbon emissions by over 700kg a year.


Digitally connected teams

Advanced technologies have been employed throughout the project, including the use of 3D digital modelling tool, BIM, which has been integrated across many platforms to monitor each stage of the design and construction process. Replacing pen and paper designs, BIM data has been streamed through interactive project management walls (Hoylu) to aid seamless collaboration in real-time, enabling teams to plan and design together while sharing live updates.

We also installed a virtual reality solution in the form of an immersive cave (FULmax), allowing teams to collectively plan and interact with graphical BIM information. This technology will be preserved by UCL to exhibit on campus to students and visitors once completed. 

Promoting Circular Economy

Partnering with the UCL Plastics Waste Innovation Hub, we collaborated with our supply chain to reduce single-use plastic waste, using fully reusable and re-locatable modular hoarding panels, recognised by LLDC as the new standard for all hoarding across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In turn, this has saved over 17.3m3 of timber waste from being generated and as the entire system is fully demountable and reusable, it will result in zero waste by the project’s completion. We collaborated with Community Wood who collect waste timber from our site and use it to train up locally unemployed people with carpentry skills, while reusing the material to produce new products. This prevents timber entering the waste stream and helps support people back into work.